Cardio


If you’re looking to lose fat, cardiovascular exercise will become an essential part of your fitness toolkit. At first, cardio exercise can feel more physically demanding than weightlifting. With consistency, however, you’ll find that your efforts are well rewarded. Cardio will help you burn fat quicker and maintain the physique that you’ve worked so hard for. It is important to remember that cardio is indeed a "tool” most effectively used alongside appropriate nutrition. A healthy diet is still more important than cardio for losing fat, but both are necessary components of your fitness journey. The two most popular types of cardio exercise are Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), both of which are discussed below.

HIIT

(High intensity interval training)

Another familiar form of cardio exercise, HIIT is comprised of short bursts of high-intensity activity followed by longer periods of lower-intensity movement. One example would be a 30-second sprint that is followed by a one-minute walk and repeated for 10 to 30 minutes.

Liss 

(low intensity steady state)

If you've ever gone walking, biking, or jogging, you've done LISS cardio. LISS includes any low to moderate-intensity cardiovascular aerobic exercise at a constant and sustained pace, usually performed for 20 minutes or longer. Less physically intense than other forms of cardio, LISS is accessible and flexible to progressive increases in difficulty.